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1939/1945 Star minature medal

1939/1945 Star minature medal Image

The 1939–45 Star was a campaign medal of the British Commonwealth, awarded for service in the Second World War. The medal was awarded for operational service between 3 September 1939 and 2 September 1945. It is sometimes mistakenly referred to as the ‘Victory medal’.

The 1939 to 1945 Star was awarded for any period of operational service overseas between 3 September 1939 and 8 May 1945 (2 September 1945 in the Far East). The criteria was 180 days’ service between these dates, although some special criteria apply when, at certain specified times, just 1 days’ service was required. These latter instances were actions for which a more specific campaign medal was not issued and examples are: France or Belgium: 10 May to 19 June 1940, St.Nazaire 22–28 March 1942, Dieppe: 19 August 1942, Iraq: 10 April to 25 May 1941 and Burma (Enemy Invasion): 22 February 1942 to 15 May 1942

Army personnel had to complete 180 days service in an operational command.

Airborne troops qualified if they had participated in any airborne operations and had completed 60 days service in a fully operational unit.

Naval personnel qualified after 180 days afloat between certain specified dates in areas of operations as laid out in the regulations.

Merchant Navy personnel qualified if they completed 180 days service with at least 1 voyage made through an operational area.

RAF air crew qualified with 60 days service in an operational unit including at least one operational sortie.

(Note: Air crew of fighter aircraft engaged in the Battle of Britain between 10 July and 31 October 1940 were awarded the clasp ‘Battle of Britain’ to be worn on the ribbon of the 1939 to 1945 Star.

Non-aircrew personnel qualified on completion of 180 days service in an area of operational army command.

Royal Observer Corps personnel required service for 1,080 days.

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